1966 Aston Martin DB6

History

Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin created the Aston Martin Company in 1913 for the sole purpose of racing. They built a car which sat atop an Isotta-Fraschini chassis. The name of the company was in honor to the Aston Clinton Hillclimb race combined with Lionel Martin's surname. After World War One they created their own cars which quickly gained a reputation for reliability and speed by setting many speed records. In 1924 the company was taken over by new ownership, which began a series of ownership changes for the company that lasted for many years.

After World War Two, the company was in financial distress and production was slow to resume. David Brown purchased the company in 1947, also purchased the Lagonda automobile company. Though his financial support brought the company back into existence, it was his charismatic designs that are responsible for its longevity and success. The DB series, David Browns initials, first appearing in 1957 are some of the most memorable and skillfully crafted designs of all time. They offered superior handling and power than most of their competitors. The aluminum body panels of the DB4 were part of the reason they were given the 'supperleggera' name, meaning superlight.

The DB6 was produced for a short period of time, lasting from 1965 through 1970 with only 1327 examples being created. They are the climax of David Brown's expression of a gentleman's ultimate touring motor car.

The DB6 was given styling cues from the DB4GT and DB5 but sat atop a chassis that had been extended by 3.75 inches to give extra room for the rear passengers. The DB5's followed the success of the DB4's and featured similar body work as the 2 door, 4 seater Saloon. Under the hood of the DB5 was a six-cylinder engine of 3995 cc displacement and capable of producing over 280 horsepower. The Vantage option increased the output rating to 314 bhp. Most of the DB5s featured a new ZF five-speed transmission. Unlike the DB4's, the DB5's were equipped with Electric windows and Selectaride type Armstrong Dampers. These were luxuries, but they also increased the weight of the vehicle and decreasing the overall performance. The zero-to-sixty time was 8.1 seconds with the top speed being in the neighborhood of 143 mph.

Instead of using a gracefully rounded DB5 tail, the DB6 now featured a rear spoiler. 1966 was the final year for Carrozzeria bodied Aston Martins. Instead of utilizing assembly lines, the Aston Martins were hand built. The specialized process of creating a vehicle took around 2900 man-hours, thus the low production figures.

A 4 liter six-cylinder engine could be found under the hood. The Vantage option included three twin-choke Weber 45DCOE9 carburetors and produced 325 horsepower. Top speed was just under 150 mph while zero-to-sixty took just 6.2 seconds. A five speed manual gearbox was standard as was the limited slip differential. The vehicle was suspended by an independent front suspension with coil springs and shocks. Stopping power was provided by disc brakes located on all four wheels. The interior continued the appeal of sophistication with Connolly leather and Wilton wool seats.

The DB6 was the final phase of evolution for the DB series. It is the pinnacle of style and performance and encompasses both form and function. The lightweight body, aggressive stance, potent engine, and perfectly tuned suspension continued the Aston Martin racing heritage without sacrificing care or comfort. It is the ultimate gentleman's sport car.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006

1966 Vehicle Profiles

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Aston Martin Ltd. of Newport Pagnell, England is most well known for their DB4, DB5, and DB6 automobiles. Production of the DB6 was limited to 1,504 cars which includes 1,321 Saloons, 5/6 Shooting Brakes, 37 Short Chassis Volante and 140 Long Chassi....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2448/R
Engine Num: 400/2394

Sir David Brown was head of the Aston Martin company from 1947 through 1972. During that period, some of the company's most impressive and charismatic models have been created. From 1949 through 1958, the DB2 hand-built series were the start of the....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2590/R
Engine Num: 400/2607

The Aston Martin DB6 sat on a platform that was extended 3.75-inches over the DB5 and made the rear seats upholstered in Connolly leather more comfortable and usable. The body panels of the car were hand-formed aluminum and it continued the traditio....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe

By the mid-1960s Aston Martin had fully developed the DB series of cars. Beginning with the DB2 in 1950 and culminating with the DB6 the cars were all Grand Tourers. All the models were raced and established an excellent racing pedigree for the firm.....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Chassis Num: 2974

Between September 1965 and January 1971, 1,967 DB 6s left Newport Pagnell after the longest production run of any David Brown model. The DB6 is powered by the 3995cc twin-overhead camshaft (DOHC), inline 6-cylinder designed by legendary Tadek Marek. ....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2740/R
Engine Num: 400/2760

This was delivered by London dealers H.R. Owen on May 24, 1966, and it was registered in the United Kingdom as 'KJD 982D' on December 31 of that year, for a Mr. Ciba, of Piccadilly. It was originally finished in Celeste Metallic with dark blue Connol....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2880/L
Engine Num: 400/2883/V

The Aston Martin DB6 was introduced in October of 1965 at the London Motor Show. It was constructed from hand-formed aluminum and retained the DB4GT/DB5 covered headlamps, and featured a new aero-efficient Kamm tail with integral spoiler. It was give....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Chassis Num: DB6/2409/L/N
Engine Num: 400/2414

The Aston Martin DB6 had a similar appearance to the DB4 and DB5, however underneath the body it was a very different vehicle. This particular example was delivered to the United States Aston martin distributor Kjell Qvale's British Motor Car Distrib....[continue reading]

1966 Aston Martin DB6 vehicle information

Vantage Coupe

Aston Martin was vaulted to immediate recognition and given untold amounts of free global advertising when a specially-equipped DB5 served as super-spy James Bond's personal car in the Hollywood film Goldfinger, giving the car international star stat....[continue reading]

Vantage Coupe
 
Vantage Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2448/R 
Vantage Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2590/R 
Convertible Coupe
 
Vantage Coupe
Chassis #: 2974 
Vantage Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2740/R 
Vantage Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2880/L 
Vantage Coupe
Chassis #: DB6/2409/L/N 
Vantage Coupe
 

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Price Comparison

$1,240-$15,400
1966 DB6
$15,405-$31,400
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Price Range: $15,400 - $15,405

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Aston Martin
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)

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